“Continue, continue, there is no future for the people of Europe other than in union.” Jean Monnet

Programme Structure

Our curriculum is divided into several themes, all of which examine Europe from a different perspective. 

By combining mandatory and elective modules, the programme offers the students various areas of interests through multiple courses. This variety can strengthen the students' academic portfolios and constitute an asset in securing future jobs.

(To see a detailed curriculum, please access this page: Curriculum)

The European Dimension

European perspectives on the economic and political problems, as well as legal aspects of the European project will be covered by the following mandatory and elective modules:

Mandatory modules

Institutional and Constitutional Economics (5 ECTS)

This module will enable students to independently develop research contexts in the field of cultural and social embeddment of economic processes. Additionally, due to the strong inter-disciplinary basis of this module, students will also acquire skills in the field of inter-disciplinary dialogue (ability to change perspective, estimation of the complementary strengths of approached and ability to critically reflect on their own disciplinary position).

European Law (10 ECTS)

This module aims to enable students to draw connections between the different topics in the field of EU law. Students will be able to summarise the most important decisions of the European Court of Justice, put them in a dogmatic perspective and accurately analyse the specific cases for relevant topics. They will be capable of  identifying current legislative and political frameworks of the EU and critically evaluating future developments of the EU from a historical perspective.

European Governance (10 ECTS)

The course 'Institutions of the EUS' will enable students to sketch the historical development of European integration and they will be familiar with and will be able to apply theories of integration.  They will be aware of the complexity of dynamics at play as well as the multiplicity of actors involved in policy-shaping and policy making at EU level.  Furthermore, they will have an understanding of major policy areas and their supranational dimension. 

The seminar 'European Governance' introduces students to the academic debate on the nature of the European Union and qualifies them to engage in the analysis of the EU's organisation framework.  Students will be able to undertake a critical viewpoint of developments and current outlook in order to conclude on future developments as well as necessary changes in structure and organisation.

Europe in the Global Economy (5 ECTS)

After successfully completing this module, students will be able to independently work on research contexts within the field of international political economy. This is possible on the basis of an in-depth overview of selected relevant research literature, whereby the central conceptual perspectives and their associated methodological and analytical tools will be learnt.  Due to the inter-disciplinary nature of this module, students will acquire skills in the field of inter-disciplinary dialogue (ability to change perspective and appreciation of the complementary strengths of approaches, ability to reflect on their own disciplinary position).

Relevant readings for the course are derived from textbooks. Especially in the reading seminar accompanying the lecture, the knowledge acquired is deepened by the reading and discussion of original texts.  Here, current contributions to the course will be provided.  Interdisciplinary references, especially between political science and economics, are a core component of the module.

European Political Economy (5 ECTS)

The aim of this module is to apply the instrumental framework of institutional/constitutional economics learned during the first semester to selected topics.  Particular attention will be given to current issues and debates.

Current economic policy issues such as the financial and Euro crisis and its management through the establishment of new facilities and guarantees, European Environmental Policy, European Energy Policy, European Immigration Policy etc

Elective modules

European Contemporary History (5 ECTS)

This module provides students with decisive background knowledge to understand the historical dimension of the European integration process.  Students shall be able to reflect on the influence of history on contemporary European politics.  They shall also be able to categorise the important periods of 20th century European history, know the societal ideas and ideologies that have influenced history and they will be able to relate to decisive breaking points of 20th century Europe. From their national background, students will be able to reflect on the concepts of national history and European history.

European Ideas (5 ECTS)

Students will acquire knowledge about the history and development of European ideas, concepts and theories particularly in the areas of politics and science. They will be able to classify current European political and legal debates historically, as well as provide sound criticism and evaluation of these debates. Students will ponder upon the history of ideas and historical peculiarities of European politics and science. Understanding the historical roots of the European identity and the analysis of current debates' structure represents a significant aim of this module.

 

Concepts of Europe and Politics of the EU (5 ECTS)

In the centre of the module first are sociological and in particular problems of political science and theory. It includes philosophical, political, legal, historical, and geographical concepts of Europe – scholarly, literary and everyday concepts.

Students shall learn to understand Europe in a broader political context of political development and global politics.

European Business Economics (5 ECTS)

Through the study of the module, students will be in a position to accurately analyse the influence of key players and institutions - at national, regional and global levels - on the functioning of markets and national economies, as evaluated in the current research debates

The Regional Dimension

The regional dimension places an emphasis on the role of regions and regional particularities of Europe in a political, socio-economic and cultural context. It is therefore covered by the following modules:

European Regional Integration (5 ECTS)

The module introduces students to the regional dimension of the European Union, familiarising them with relevant theories of international trade as well as approaches to labour mobility, changing demographics,  resource availability and more. Students shall be able to critically assess the development of the Euro-zone, as well as analyse the regionally oriented programmes of the EU.

European Regional Innovation Policy (5 ECTS)

The aim of the module is to familiarise students with recent historical developments of regional, economic and social diversity, as well as with the certainty of the future viability of Europe. Students will learn to understand and analyse innovation-related topics, as well as the construction of new social relations (such as different welfare state conceptions).

European Border Region Development (10 ECTS)

In this module students will obtain knowledge about and insight into the issues of border regions in Europe from a political, socio-economic, spatial and cultural perspective. Special emphasis will be placed on analysing cross-border cooperation structures like the Euroregions that have become a key-area of activity of the EU.

The course will introduce the institutions and funding-schemes related to cross-border cooperation, including INTERREG (Aim III), PHARE, TACIS, and CARDS. Cross-border cooperation will be analysed in practice by working with a number of case-studies. Cross-border cooperation policies will be related to traditional instruments of European Union regional policies and to general issues around the development of the EU. Here, the course builds on the students' knowledge from first-year-courses on European Governance, regional policies, and regional development. 

The External Relations Dimension

The external relations dimension is covered by the compulsory module 'Internal and External Relations of the EU' as well as in elective courses.

Compulsory modules

Internal and external relations of the EU (5 ECTS)

This module builds on the mandatory course 'European Law and Politics' and among other issues, deals with those EU policies used to realise the internal market, based on selected areas of law.

Elective modules

EU External Relations (5 ECTS)

The module deepens students' knowledge within the field of 'EU External Relations'. Its main aim is to allow students to bring various foreign policy issues into a conceptual association. They will become aware of the specific interaction of international and supranational organisation mechanisms. Based on this, they shall acquire the ability to critically assess current EU external relations as well as to take further steps in critically evaluating the geopolitical importance of Europe and will be able to develop future prospects for the external relations of the EU. 

Master Thesis

Master Colloquium

During the Master Colloquium students will present methodology and content of the subject of their own Master´s thesis. This approach encourages critical reflection and an interchange amongst students. Independent scientific work, the use of research methods and their application is promoted. The Master's colloquium also helps students to gain an idea of working in academic fields.

During the colloquium, students shall also assess and compare the state of their own academic performance. Feedback helps to increase motivation and leads to a more productive analysis of the topic and encourages compliance with the time frame of the work.

Furthermore, competences acquired during the studies will be practised and applied to appropriate and continuing criticism.

Master Thesis

Based on a central theme, students shall demonstrate their ability to produce independent scientific work by mastering the application of research methods in answering their research question. This will be achieved through the integration of models and theories from the various programme disciplines, as well as thorough analysis and reflection on one's own topic. The Master thesis will also demonstrate that students are capable of independently solving a problem within a set time frame, using scientific methods and can present the results in an adequate manner.

In the defense students will present the main findings and hypotheses of the thesis in the form of an oral presentation and a subsequent discussion. The duration of defense is usually one hour.

Examinations

Likewise the language of instruction in each module, all examinations are in English. Each seminar and lecture is completed with a written or oral examination. Written examinations are exams, (term) papers and reports. Oral examinations are presentations, individual examinations and defenses. Some seminars combine both forms, e.g. 'paper + defense' or 'presentation + written paper'. You can find all details in the curriculum.